Don't Ease Me In, Me & My Uncle, Brown Eyed Women, Black Throated Wind, Bertha, El Paso, Deal, Beat It On Down The Line, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Sugaree, Playin' In The Band China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Box Of Rain, Truckin', Ramble On Rose, Big River, Casey Jones, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away
SBD> MR> DAT> CDR> EAC> SHN; tracked for 2x80; splice in China Cat; seeded by Tony Gardner, from Paul Bottiglio discs
March 6, 2015 Subject:
Jerry continued to play the '57 Strat nicknamed Alligator until August '73. Then he switched to playing Doug Irwin's second custom-built guitar, eventually nicknamed Wolf.
Recording is a little muddy, but not terribly so. Very nice. Thanks to all who made these recordings possible.
January 5, 2015 Subject:
Don't mess with Texas '72
As of today (Jan 5 2014) this is one of those relatively rare performances for which there is but one soundboard or one audience transcription on the Archives (in this case, it's a board). How many remain, I wonder?
Regardless, this show sounds like it must have been a lot of fun. Although there's few hiccups in the mix (Don't Ease and El Paso) and at least one disappointing cut (Bobby's "solo" at the end of China Cat) it's another excellent show from the post-Europe country-inflected period where the band seemed capable of delivering the goods "at will."
Moments of particular interest:
a monitor problem or a rare vocal space-out by Jerry during Deal results in him simply singing "Whoo!" into the microphone (much like Bobby's whooping mid-verse during the NFA on 10/20/74).
Playing is intense and gorgeous, as so many versions are in the wake of the song being righteously "opened up" earlier in the summer.
Box of Rain includes some sprightly guitar fills from Bobby that I don't recall being so prominent on most other recordings from this period (if any).
Truckin' doesn't cross into Dark Star or Other One territory; instead, Jerry plays the bejeezus out of the outro, squeezing a boatload of harmonics out of his strat in the process (more of that to come in the scorching white hot Sugar Mag later in the set).
Ramble On is played and sung with fervor.
The NFA ... I got excited when I saw the relatively long track times for the pre-GDTRFB jam, but what seems to have happened here is that Jerry busted a string at some point (maybe even as early as the end of Sugar Mag?). There's some tepidness at the beginning, then a decent enough solo by Jerry and then ... he disappears. The band soldiers on without him but ... maybe just remember this version when you bust your own guitar out and "play with the band" (as I sometimes do). Poor Jer tries as best he can but he never quite gets his axe in tune during the GDTRFB (new strings need to get "broken in" sometimes). By the time the NFA reprise comes around the "moment" seems to have mostly vanished.
I wonder if the conclusion to this show was one of the final straws for that old alligator strat ...
January 3, 2015 Subject:
Easily rivals the best versions of the fall. The whole band is on fire, but the MVP is Jerry, with some of the most monstrous leads ever, intensely building into a furious torrent of sound. Must hear material.
July 25, 2013 Subject:
When I think "professional", 10/21/71 and 3/23/72 come to mind.
This show seems a little wired for that qualification, but the first set has real oomph.
November 24, 2012 Subject:
professional show with excellent highlights.
March 31, 2007 Subject:
Pigpen's Not With Us ...
Good show, with some nice highlights throughout -- check out Black Throated Wind.
At the close of Don't Ease Me In, Bob tells the crowd "Pigpen's not with us, on account of he's still at home convalescing from multiple and serious illnesses ..."